Since AMC officially announced plans for a spinoff to “The Walking Dead”, speculation has run ramped as to what they’ll do with the new series. For one, they need a brand new writing staff, and better actors (especially considering how good the characters are in the Robert Kirkman comic).
According to TVLine there’s increasing buzz that the offshoot will be a prequel of sorts, one that would chronicle the early days of the epidemic and the effort to contain it. This seems like the obvious choice, although that would make me wonder what the “end game” would be (what’s the overall arc?)
In addition, IGN caught up with series creator Robert Kirkman, who reveals some early insight into what we may see in the new series he promises won’t be “selling out”.
“It’s a really different location with completely different people, so we are going to see an entirely different corner of the ‘Walking Dead’ world,” Kirkman explains. “It definitely won’t be set in Georgia, I can at least say that.
“It’s important to us that this show exists on its own. The spinoff has to be a show worthy of existing, or else we’ve all sold out. So that’s something we’re all working hard towards doing, and I think we can pull it off. I think that the ideal situation is, when you’re watching the spinoff, you’re like, “Wow, this is a really awesome show.” The whole other show doesn’t need to exist for this show to be cool and stand on its own.”
He’s 100% correct and in the right mindset, especially if they internally acknowledge the huge misstep they’ve made with “The Walking Dead”. Personally, I’d love a new zombie series, with a new theme, a new location, and new actors. But more than anything I want to see an entirely new showrunner and writing staff – I want a fresh start, instead of one already rotting from the inside (see what I did there?).
AMC is eying a 2015 launch for the show.